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Oil giant BP lagged behind its peers when it reported a drop in profits for the latest full-year period, to $20.85 billion from $22 billion in 2006. The drop was blamed on refining outages and rising costs. The oil company was not helped by losing its […] Read more »

Super Tuesday is upon us, and this primary season the words “energy and the environment” are more heavily loaded than they’ve ever been. Gone are the days of simple, if not myopic, “environmentalism;” energy policy now dovetails with security policy. Each candidate has to pick and […] Read more »

Solar cell maker Suniva said on Tuesday morning that it has raised $50 million, in a second round of financing. The Atlanta-based company makes its cells from silicon, but says through its manufacturing process it can make them both thin, which reduces the overall cost, and […] Read more »

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It was a big day at Tesla headquarters last Friday, with the arrival of the company’s first Production vehicle 1, or “P1,” which was delivered to its new owner Tesla Chairman Elon Musk. We took a bunch of pictures, which we posted last week, and we […] Read more »

Proposed DOE Budget Isn’t Good for Cleantech: As part of the President’s proposed budget, the Department of Energy would spend about $26 billion in 2009 with more money for coal, nuclear, and biofuels while solar and hydrogen would get cuts – Green Car Congress. GM Debuts […] Read more »

Between the Superbowl yesterday and Super Tuesday tomorrow, you will be forgiven for overlooking Maxwell Technologies’ announcement today that the company’s San Diego plant has just been ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certified to produce ultracapacitors. But if you’re interested in the future of the auto […] Read more »

Normally the U.S. is first in line to tick off the United Nations, but this time it’s the European Union that’s threatening to disrupt a U.N. program. The EU, as part of its recently revamped framework for reducing emissions, has threatened to severely limit trading of […] Read more »

As new forms of carbon capture technology bubble up in the labs, U.S. financial institutions are starting to see the value in using technology to capture carbon for the creation of cleaner coal plants. With the assumption that the U.S. will soon implement a cap-and-trade system […] Read more »

With advocates of “cleanish coal” bummed out about the government’s decision to pull the plug on the FutureGen coal with carbon capture and sequestration facility, we thought you might need some more positive news about sequestering gases. It comes courtesy of University of Calgary chemistry professor […] Read more »

It was a topsy-turvy week as President Bush said we should work to clean up coal technology just as his Energy Secretary announced the DOE will be pulling back from their FutureGen project. The private sector made up for the government’s cold feet with a number […] Read more »

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Tesla customers have been waiting ages for the electric sports car, the Roadster, to make its way to market. Today the company’s first production Roadster, what Tesla Chairman Elon Musk called “the first production electric car on the road since God knows when,” was delivered to […] Read more »

With the Department of Energy’s decision to back off of the FutureGen project, the future of clean coal as a viable technology was looking smoky. Today, the skies cleared a bit, at least up North, when the Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources and the Alberta Ministry […] Read more »

Back in November of 2007, chip manufacturing company Applied Materials said it was planning to make yet another solar-related acquisition with Italy’s Baccini, a maker of metallization and testing equipment for photovoltaic solar cell production. The deal is now done, and the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip […] Read more »

We all know our gadgets, by nature, aren’t green — most suck power, contain toxic chemicals, and often end up in landfills. But we’re trying to see the softer (cleaner?) side of newer consumer electronics that are designed to be more eco-friendly, and this morning we […] Read more »

The State of Green Business 2008: Joel Makower and the editors of GreenBiz have put together a report, the first of an ongoing study, indexing how businesses are “greening” their operation models – StateOfGreenBusiness. Chinese Solar IPOs. Yawn: RenaSola, a Zhejiang province-based maker of the solar […] Read more »

Even if you’ve followed the ballooning costs of the clean coal project FutureGen over the past few years, the news out this week that the Bush Administration has basically cut its support for the project is still a shocker. The DOE issued a press release saying […] Read more »

Solar stocks have largely cooled in the month of January, thanks to a chilly combo of a short silicon supply and fears over losing an important investment tax credit. But this week solar stock watchers got a much-needed bout of sun from the earnings of thin-film […] Read more »

We know we’ve given cleantech venture investor Vinod Khosla a lot of ink this week, with our 5-questions interview. But, hey, we just follow where the money flows. According to a regulatory filing picked up by PeHub.com, Khosla Ventures is leading a Series A round of […] Read more »

The Worldwatch Institute released a report today singing the praises of carbon trading and carbon markets. The report puts the global carbon trading business up 80 percent from 2006 to $59.2 billion in traded credits. While this growth is extremely encouraging, these numbers need to be […] Read more »

DOE Scraps FutureGen: Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman announced that the DOE will be spreading its eggs across several baskets, investing in carbon capture and sequestration at multiple integrated gasification combined cycle power plants – Department of Energy. Who Will Profit at the Hawaii Climate Talks?: […] Read more »

It’s easy to invest in the growing number of cleantech startups — open wallet, toss money out onto the eco-friendly craps table. But it’s proving a lot harder to get returns from the companies, which often have longer exit cycles, and can require more capital than […] Read more »

Altair Nanotechnologies is going out to sea with the Navy, partnering with the military org to develop battery backup systems on the megawatt scale. The $2.5 million contract is the second such partnership Altairnano has made with the Navy in the last year. Reno, Nev.-based Altairnano’s […] Read more »

No name is more synonymous with cleantech investing than Sun Microsystems co-founder turned venture capitalist Vinod Khosla. His Khosla Ventures invested between $60 million to $70 million into 14 cleantech startups in the first three quarters of 2007, according to third-party data; Khosla himself estimates that […] Read more »

SecondRotation, an internet startup that buys and resells used electronics, has secured $4.4 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Venrock and also included angel investors Austin Ligon, Ashton Peery and Henry Vogel formerly of eBay. SecondRotation offers an extremely easy to use […] Read more »

India Launches Carbon Trading Market: Multi Commodity Exchange has created Asia’s first market for futures trading in carbon credits based in Mumbai – Cleantech Media. Ethanol Tariff and FutureGen on the Rocks?: At a lunch with biofuel industry reps, Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said that the […] Read more »

V2Green tells us they have partnered with Texas utility Austin Energy to put two plug-in-prepped Priuses on the road with the startup’s hardware and software to wise up the cars’ grid charging. Called “vehicle-to-grid” or “smart charging” technology, V2Green’s Connectivity Modules use cellular networks to connect […] Read more »

President Bush delivered his final State of the Union Address to the 110th Congress last night, but this year there was no mention of ethanol by name, no grand plans for an energy revolution, not even an indictment of an America “addicted to oil.” Instead, Bush […] Read more »

By now we’ve all heard that the methane in sheep and cow, er, emissions is a significant contributor to global climate change, but researchers at the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala recently received a $590,000 grant to study things at the other end of […] Read more »

‘No good deed goes unpunished’ seems to be the theme of the dubious and largely unregulated world of carbon offsetting. The House of Representatives is the most recent carbon offset customer to learn this lesson. In November of 2007 the House purchased $89,000 worth of carbon […] Read more »

Now that solar panels are supposedly the world’s fastest-growing source of energy, startups are building tools and analytics to help manage the rise of smaller solar systems. One of those is two-year-old, Petaluma, Calif.-based startup Enphase Energy, which announced on Tuesday that it has raised $6.5 […] Read more »

Japan Presents $10B Climate Change Fund: The Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda proposed a $10 billion fund at the World Economic Forum in Davos to help developing countries reduce their emissions. Fukuda put forward a goal of 30 percent improvement in global energy efficiency by 2020 […] Read more »

While the solar thermal industry is quickly becoming the darling of the cleantech world, with another hundred million of investment dollars rolling in just this morning, solar thermal companies attending the Concentrated Solar Power’s U.S. summit in San Francisco on Monday showed their anxiety over two […] Read more »

How many times have you printed something and thrown away the last page because it’s just a URL, legal disclaimer, or banner ad? Or waited for ages for a document to print because it’s cluttered up with images you don’t really want or need anyway? Well, […] Read more »

It seems like every conference these days is adding green elements, from the gadget-laden Consumer Electronics Show to the car-crazed Detroit Auto Show. So why shouldn’t DEMO, the ultimate startup launchpad conference taking place this week in Palm Desert, Calif., test what it means for them […] Read more »

The race to build solar thermal power plants is heating up in the U.S. Southwest desert this year, and companies that are building these massive solar systems will need a lot of funding to get these things constructed. This morning Israeli solar thermal plant builders Solel, […] Read more »

A Polish coal plant, which will cofire biomass (burn biomass at the same time as coal) to help reduce its emissions by 25 percent compared with the country’s current coal plants, is due to come online in 2009. A major Polish power group, Poludniowy Koncern Energetyczny, […] Read more »

It was a short, rainy week at the Earth2Tech headquarters in San Francisco. Meanwhile, there was big news in the international cleantech world. News came from across the pond when the European Commission rolled out their new emissions plan. Meanwhile, Shai Agassi is looking to wire […] Read more »

California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, a Prius-driving, administration-suing, public servant of over 35 years, is looking to extend his state’s investments farther into cleantech. “We’re able to provide low-cost money, under federal law, to an oil company but not to clean energy,” Lockyer told the Clean […] Read more »

“Clean coal” startup GreatPoint Energy, which had one of the largest venture investments in 2007 with $115 million, is getting funding from massive coal company Peabody Energy. A nod from the coal company that fuels about 10 percent of all U.S. electricity, and more than 2 […] Read more »

Genomics guru and cleantech entrepreneur Craig Venter — whom the New York Times once referred to the Larry Ellison of the lab and the Richard Branson of biology — is a step closer to creating the first artificial life form, a breakthrough that could lead to, […] Read more »

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